COVID-19 information for Board Chairs of Residential Aged Care Providers

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly and Janet Anderson, PSM Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner released a joint statement to the Board Chairs of Residential Aged Care Providers today urging the board to protect older people from respiratory illnesses in the lead up to winter.

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The letter calls for residential aged care providers to proactively address the rise COVID-19 and influenza cases in aged care settings.

Currently, vaccination rates in aged care settings are low. 

Providers have been encouraged to organise vaccinations to:

  • minimise the risk of transmission
  • prevent serious illness or death of aged care residents. 

Providers have also been asked to plan for access to oral antiviral medicines to reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalisation or event death. 

Read the letter to the board of chairs for more information.